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5 Huge Stories From 2017 You Totally Forgot About

These five big stories got lost in the muddy waters of 2017.

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1. The Juice Is Loose, Again


After serving nine years of a 33-year armed robbery sentence, the former star football player was released on parole earlier this year. O.J's legal troubles first began in the mid-1990s when he was accused of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman, leading to what became the celebrity murder trial of the century. This latest incident, however, flew under most people's radars. Some of you are probably saying, "Wait, OJ was in prison?"

2. Trump Accidentally Leaked Secret Intelligence To Russia

The Independent

During a meeting in the oval office with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, President Trump accidentally let slip some high level classified intelligence given to the United States by Israel, reportedly pertaining to the war against ISIS. What some officials were calling the diplomatic blunder of the century got lost in the news cycle, particularly due to the fact that it occurred the same week Trump fired FBI director James Comey. Still, it was a pretty silly mistake by the President. It's like classic Cold War espionage, but in reverse.

3. Russia Got Banned From 2018 Winter Olympics


Speaking of Russia, the entire country got banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics after an investigation uncovered a state-sponsored doping program in which the Russian government helped its athletes take performance enhancing drugs. Some Russian athletes will be permitted to compete under a neutral flag, but Russian officials, including Putin, will not be allowed to attend. And with that goes Russia's chance at winning gold medal in shirtless horseback riding.

4. Terrorists Finally Driven Out Of Iraq

After years of fighting, Iraqi security forces and American military advisors ultimately drove out the last pockets of the terrorist group ISIS. While the group still poses a threat, it seems the worst days of the organization are behind us as tens of thousands of Iraqis were finally freed from the oppressive regime this year. And you're saying 2017 was all bad news.

5. Colombia's 53 Year Civil War Came To An End

CBS News

With the signing of a ceasefire agreement between FARC rebels and the Colombian government, a dark chapter in the country's history finally came to a close. While hostilities were ended in late 2016, it wasn't until this year that the rebel group disarmed and reorganized into an official political party. The event serves as a reminder to us all that it's never too late to bury the hatchet.

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